If I wanted to buy wireless RF “home theater” headphones to use while listening to television and music in my home, I’d choose the Power Acoustik Farenheit HP-902 RFT set. Why? After spending dozens of hours researching every RF headphone system we could find, and considering 32 of them, we then read what few professional reviews we could dig up. Next we tested 14 pairs total between our original guide published in March 2014 and this update (including a direct back-to-back listening comparison of the best-reviewed and newest RF headphones with our expert panel). After all of that, we concluded that the HP-902 RFT headphones sound decent, offer useful features such as a mute switch and the ability to switch between sources, and give you the best value for your money of anything that’s currently available. We preferred the sound of the Sennheiser RS 165 (the update to last year’s pick, the now-discontinued Sennheiser RS 160)—but for less than the price of the RS 165, you get two pairs of headphones in the HP-902 RFT set.

Our pick

Power Acoustik Farenheit HP-902 RFT

Power Acoustik Farenheit HP-902 RFT

Our pick

The HP-902 RFT is an amazing deal. Just be sure to pick up a power cord and batteries when you check out.

*At the time of publishing, the price was $77.

The HP-902 RFT package (which you can find under both the Power Acoustik and Farenheit brands) gives you an RF transmitter, two pairs of headphones, zippered cases for those headphones—and nothing else. The headphones run on AAA batteries (not included) and don’t come with an AC adapter (though you can easily get one on Amazon for around $5). For the price, however, they’re a great value. They sound fairly neutral (no serious issues in the frequency response), have two separate RCA inputs, and offer decent range; you can wander a few rooms away with no interference. The downside: These headphones feel cheap and plasticky, and a little breakable. But every other product we tested in their price range was equally flimsy—and produced much worse sound, included only one pair of headphones, lacked a case, and made for a less comfortable fit for all of our panelists.

Also great

Sennheiser RS 165

Sennheiser RS 165

If money is no object

The RS 165 is much better sounding than our top pick but way overpriced for what it gives you.

*At the time of publishing, the price was $200.

If you’re planning on using your headphones for watching TV frequently, and you’re willing to spend around $200 on a pair of wireless headphones for use at home, we recommend the Sennheiser RS 165, which is that company’s current base wireless model and the replacement for our previous pick. The RS 165 sounds much better than the HP-902 RFT headphones, but no one on our panel was thrilled with its sound in light of its price tag. We preferred our previous pick, Sennheiser’s cheaper, more-balanced-sounding, and now-discontinued RS 160. If you use this kind of headphones only occasionally, spending $200 or more on a pair is likely not a worthwhile investment. But if you are a frequent home theater headphone listener and you don’t mind dropping that kind of cash, the Sennheiser model is a good option.

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